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Walking the Wrack Line On Tidal Shifts and What Remains

Hurd, Barbara

ISBN 10: 0820331023 / ISBN 13: 9780820331027
Published by University of Georgia Press, 2008
Used Condition: As New Hardcover
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Inscribed by author on half title page and author signed again on title page. xv, 117 pp. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 014781

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Title: Walking the Wrack Line On Tidal Shifts and ...

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Green White Lettered Cloth

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Inscribed By Author

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

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Barbara Hurd continues to give nature writing a human dimension in this final volume of her trilogy that began with Stirring the Mud and Entering the Stone. With prose both eloquent and wise, she examines what washes ashore, from the angel wing shells to broken oars. Even a merman appears in this brilliant collection that throws light on the mysterious and the overlooked.

Writing from beaches as far-flung as Morocco, St. Croix, or Alaska, and as familiar as California and Cape Cod, she helps us see beauty in the gruesome feeding process of the moon snail. She holds up an encrusted, still-sealed message bottle to make tangible the emotional divide between mother and daughter. She considers a chunk of sea glass and the possibilities of transformation.

The book began on a beach, Hurd says, "with the realization that a lot of what I care about survives in spite of―perhaps because of―having been broken or lost for a while in backward drift. Picking up egg cases, stones, shells, I kept turning them over―in my hands and in my mind."

Each chapter starts with close attention to an object―a shell fragment of a pelican egg, or perhaps a jellyfish―but then widens into larger concerns: the persistence of habits, desire, disappointments, the lie of the perfectly preserved, the pleasures of aversions, transformations, and a phenomenon from physics known as the strange attractor.

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Barbara Hurd is the author of Stirring the Mud, Entering the Stone, and a collection of poetry, The Singer's Temple. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays, Yale Review, Georgia Review, Nimrod, New Letters, and Audubon. Hurd teaches creative writing at Frostburg State University, where she has held the Elkins Professorship, and at the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

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